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Jefferson Guilty (but not for “cold cash”)

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The jury in the trial of former Congressman William Jefferson, infamous for the $90,000 in marked bills found in his freezer, returned a verdict late yesterday, the fifth day of their deliberations.  Although Jefferson was found guilty on 11 of 16 counts the jury acquitted on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (note that as of this posting Wikipedia is wrong on FCPA conviction) charge that related to the “cold cash” intended as a bribe to the Nigerian Vice-President.

Times-Picayune story here.

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Jefferson ‘Cold Cash’ Trial Begins

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A briefcase ( pictured at left above ) that once contained $100,000., and that former New Orleans Congressman William Jefferson took from an FBI informant and placed in the trunk of his car, sat on a table in front of the podium as Assistant U.S.Attorney Mark Lytle told the jury they would hear “a startling and often disheartening account of public corruption at the highest levels of our government”. The jury was shown photos of foil wrapped bricks of cash concealed in Pillsbury Pie Crust and Boca Burger boxes that were found in the Congressman’s freezer.
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In the defense’s opening statement attorney Robert Trout told the jury that the ex-Congressman “did not take a  bribe…did not solicit a bribe…is not guilty of any of these charges.”

Times-Picayune story here.

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Jury Selection for Jefferson Trial

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Former Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson stood before prospective jurors in an Alexandria, Virginia courtroom as his public corruption trial began today. He served nine terms in Congress, but is best known for the $90,000. in marked bills found in his freezer in May 2006.

Times-Picayune story here.

 

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Congressman challenges FBI raid

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A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard arguments today in a separation of powers case stemming from the bribery investigation of congressman William Jefferson.

MSNBC’s  Joel Seidman has the story here.

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